Two-time British Touring Car Championship winner James Thompson is the latest headline act to join the inaugural FIA World Touring Car Cup grid. The Englishman will race in a third Honda Civic FK8 Type R TCR being entered by the Münnich Motorsport team.

The 43-year-old will be teammates to full-time drivers Esteban Guerrieri and Yann Ehrlacher, kicking off at the season-opening round in Morocco on April 7-8.

James Thompson

James Thompson

Thompson is one of the most acclaimed touring car drivers of his generation. A two-time European Touring Car Cup champion (2009-10), Thompson went on to win the 2002 and 2004 BTCC crowns.

Additionally, he has competed in the DTM, Scandinavian Touring Car Championship and FIA World Touring Car Championships, where he has started 156 races and is a four-time race-winner.

This will be his first outing in TCR-spec machinery, however, when he rejoins the team with which he raced a part campaign in the WTCC in 2016, claiming six top-ten finishes in a venerable Chevrolet RML Cruze.

Which subsequent rounds – and how many – Thompson will contest over the remainder of the year have not been revealed. Team owner René Münnich is expected to take over driving duties later in the year.


2018 FIA World Touring Car Cup – Provisional Entry List
No. Driver Team Car
9 Tom Coronel nl Boutsen Ginion Racing be Honda Civic Type-R
12 Rob Huff uk Sébastien Loeb Racing fr Volkswagen Golf GTI
18 Tiago Monteiro pt Boutsen Ginion Racing be Honda Civic Type-R
20 Denis Dupont be Comtoyou Racing be Audi RS3 LMS
21 Aurélien Panis fr Comtoyou Racing be Audi RS3 LMS
22 Frédéric Vervisch be Comtoyou Racing be Audi RS3 LMS
23 Nathanaël Berthon fr Comtoyou Racing be Audi RS3 LMS
25 Mehdi Bennani ma Sébastien Loeb Racing fr Volkswagen Golf GTI
68 Yann Ehrlacher fr ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport de Honda Civic Type-R
86 Esteban Guerrieri ar ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport de Honda Civic Type-R
TBA James Thompson uk ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport de Honda Civic Type-R
TBA Gabriele Tarquini it BRC Racing Team it Hyundai i30 N
TBA Norbert Michelisz hu BRC Racing Team it Hyundai i30 N
TBA John Filippi fr Campos Racing es Cupra Léon TCR
TBA Pepe Oriola es Campos Racing es Cupra Léon TCR
TBA Aurélien Comte fr DG Sport Compétition be Peugeot 308TCR
TBA Mat’o Homola DG Sport Compétition be Peugeot 308TCR
TBA Fabrizio Giovanardi it Team Mulsanne it Alfa Romeo Giulietta
TBA Gianni Morbidelli it Team Mulsanne it Alfa Romeo Giulietta
TBA Gordon Shedden uk Team WRT be Audi RS3 LMS
TBA Jean-Karl Vernay fr Team WRT be Audi RS3 LMS
TBA Thed Björk se Yvan Muller Racing fr Hyundai i30 N
TBA Yvan Muller fr Yvan Muller Racing fr Hyundai i30 N
TBA Norbert Nagy hu Zengő Motorsport hu Cupra Léon TCR
TBA TBA Zengő Motorsport hu Cupra Léon TCR

Images via FIA WTCC Media

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